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Jorien ter Mors


SportSpeed Skating
Born21 Dec 1989 in  Enschede
ResidenceOldeberkoop, NED
LanguagesDutch, English, German
Higher educationPsychology - Saxion University of Applied Sciences: Enschede, NED
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 37.39 26 Feb 2017 Calgary  
    1000m 1:12.53 25 Feb 2017 Calgary  
    1500m 1:53.51 16 Feb 2014 Sochi  
    3000m 4:02.23 06 Dec 2013 Berlin  
    5000m 7:06.79 30 Dec 2012 Heerenveen  
Main Achievements
Main Achievements
Olympic Games
Olympic Games
    1000m 1      
    1500m 1      
    Team Pursuit 6 Laps 1      
World Single Distances Championships
World Single Distances Championships
    1000m 1   1  
    1500m 1      
World Sprint Championships
World Sprint Championships
    Overall 1   2  
European Sprint Championships
European Sprint Championships
    Overall   1    
Social Media
Social Media  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?She began skating at about age 11 in the Netherlands. She initially competed in short track before later taking up speed skating.  
Club / TeamTeam Afterpay: Netherlands  
Reason for choosing this sportHer father introduced her to skating. She decided to take up speed skating in order to improve her physique for short track.  
Name of coachMartin ten Hove [club], NED; Erwin ten Hove [club], NED  
General Interest
General Interest
NicknamesJoris (, 20 Nov 2012)  
Hero / IdolDutch hockey player Wietske de Ruiter. (, 08 Sep 2009)  
Other sportsShe competed in both speed skating and short track at the Olympic Winter Games in 2014 and 2018. (Pyeongchang Entries, 14 Feb 2018; SportsDeskOnline, 22 Feb 2014)  
Awards and honoursShe was the female recipient of the Ard Schenk Award in 2016 and 2018 as the best speed skater in the Netherlands. (, 20 Mar 2018, 15 Mar 2016)

She was flag bearer for the Netherlands at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. (ONS, 07 Feb 2014)

In 2008 she received the Short Track Talent Award from the Royal Dutch Skating Association [KNSB]. (, 01 Dec 2011)
Other informationPSYCHOLOGIST
She has sought the assistance of a psychologist to help her overcome setbacks and gain perspective on her life and career. "Unfortunately, I have often had big setbacks. But that's just how my career has gone. In the end we are talking 'only' about top sport. I have experienced enough outside of skating, so that I can put bad results into perspective. I realise that life isn't all about medals. I have been working with a psychologist for many years [speaking in 2021], but the way in which that happens now is very different from the past. It is confrontational and requires you to be very honest with yourself. At least, if you're striving for change. It's not always fun to look at yourself in the mirror. I'll do it, because I know that I can compete better on the ice." (, 23 Oct 2021;, 11 Sep 2021)

She was a member of the Dutch women's short track 3000m relay team that won a bronze medal at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang despite not qualifying for the A final. Two out of four teams in the A final were disqualified, meaning the Dutch team - who won the B final in a world record time - were presented with the bronze medal. (, 21 Feb 2018;, 20 Feb 2018)

In October 2018 she launched her own line of jewellery called 'van Jorien'. (, 10 Jan 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto"Combining different disciplines makes you stronger. That is what I believe in." (, 14 Jan 2014)  
InjuriesAn ankle injury forced her to miss some of the 2020 National Championships in the Netherlands. (, 28 Nov 2020)

She underwent a knee operation in October 2018. She was out of action for nine months but says it took her three years to fully recover from the injury. "At first it was all about what I could do to the maximum until the knee no longer worked. It was working around the pain. Now I am no longer concerned with surviving, but with improving." (, 29 Oct 2021;, 21 Nov 2020, 01 Nov 2019;, 10 Jan 2019)

A back injury meant she missed the 2017 World Cup event in Stavanger, Norway. (, 15 Nov 2017)
HobbiesMotorbikes, cars. (, 10 Jan 2019)  
MilestonesShe became the first female athlete to win medals in two different sports at the same edition of the Olympic Winter Games when she claimed bronze in short track and gold in speed skating at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang. At the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi she had become the first female athlete to compete in both short track and speed skating at the same edition of the Olympic Winter Games. (SportsDeskOnline, 12 Nov 2021;, 12 Jun 2018, 20 Mar 2018;, 20 Feb 2018;, 20 Feb 2018;, 18 Sep 2017; ONS, 16 Feb 2014)  
AmbitionsTo win a gold medal at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. (, 11 Sep 2021)  
Most influential person in careerShort track coach Jeroen Otter. (ONS, 16 Feb 2014)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2014 Olympic Games Team Pursuit 6 Laps1  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships 1500m1  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships 1000m1  
    2014 Olympic Games 1500m1  
    2017/2018 World Sprint Championships Overall1  
    2018 Olympic Games 1000m1  
    2016/2017 European Sprint Championships Overall2  
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships 1000m3  
    2016/2017 World Sprint Championships Overall3  
    2015/2016 World Sprint Championships Overall3  
    2020/2021 European Sprint Championships Overall4  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships 2 x 500m4  
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships 1500m5  
    2020/2021 World Single Distances Championships 1000m5  
    2018 Olympic Games 500m6  
    2019/2020 World Sprint Championships Overall7  
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships 500m9  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2015/2016 World Cup Stavanger 1000m1  
    2013/2014 World Cup Berlin Team Pursuit 6 Laps1  
    2017/2018 World Cup Erfurt 1000m1  
    2020/2021 World Cup 1000m2  
    2016/2017 World Cup Astana 1000m2  
    2015/2016 World Cup Heerenveen 1000m2  
    2012/2013 World Cup Heerenveen Mass Start 15 Laps2  
    2019/2020 World Cup Minsk 1000m2  
    2017/2018 World Cup Heerenveen Team Pursuit 6 Laps2  
    2020/2021 World Cup Heerenveen 1000m2  
    2017/2018 World Cup Heerenveen 1500m2  
    2015/2016 World Cup Heerenveen 500m3  
    2016/2017 World Cup Astana 1500m3  
    2015/2016 World Cup Stavanger 500m3  
    2012/2013 World Cup Heerenveen 3000m3  
    2016/2017 World Cup Berlin 1000m3  
    2017/2018 World Cup Heerenveen 1000m3  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1000m5  
    2015/2016 World Cup Overall8  
    2015/2016 World Cup 500m8  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1000m10  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1000m10  
    2012/2013 World Cup Mass Start 15 Laps11  
    2012/2013 World Cup 3000/5000m17  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1500m17  
    2019/2020 World Cup 1000m19  
    2020/2021 World Cup 1500m20  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1500m20  
    2016/2017 World Cup Overall20  
    2016/2017 World Cup 500m20  
    2017/2018 World Cup Overall22  
    2019/2020 World Cup 1500m24  
    2012/2013 World Cup Overall28  
    2013/2014 World Cup 3000/5000m28  
    2020/2021 World Cup 500m29  
    2013/2014 World Cup 1500m31  
    2017/2018 World Cup 500m33  
    2019/2020 World Cup 500m36